If you follow this blog or my instagram feed at all, you probably know our family lives in Los Angeles and that we truly love it here. My husband and I have been here for 16 and 13 years respectively, we were married here, we started our family here. Each of our sons were born in the same hospital. We’ve lived in the same general part of LA (in three different apartments) over the course of our 13 years here together. But in the last year or so I’ve started to realize that as much as we love it here, our true home is wherever we are, all together. And as the mom of three small and crazy boys, I’ve found myself more and more longing for a simpler existence — for a place where everything isn’t quite so challenging or so exhausting. Without our families at all close by, we’ve been neck deep in the parenthood trenches together, just the two of us. It is wonderful in many ways, but really draining in others. We’ve reached a point where we were ready for a change, and I think the boys are too. They want a yard and a dog and to be closer to their grandparents. We want to be able to give them those things and more. So after a lot of thought and weighing the pros and cons, we decided to take the leap. We bought a home about 10 minutes outside of Columbus, Ohio and will be moving there in a few short weeks. So we’ve been adventuring and saying goodbye and taking in this city we love so much. And our dear friend Jennifer documented our family one last time.
Jennifer is so good at capturing moments and personalities. She always manages to get the best photos of my kids, even when they are being totally uncooperative. I mean, that photo of Calvin just screams THREENAGER! 😉
Many people have been asking a lot of questions about our move: why ohio? what will you do there? what inspired the move? won’t you miss los angeles? So I thought I would answer a few of those here:
We had been considering a move for the past couple of years. We considered the Atlanta area, because they have a decent film/entertainment industry based there. We thought about the central coast of California, because it is one of our favorite places and still in a state we love so much. We considered a few places, but at the end of the day when Columbus popped into our minds, it just seemed like the right fit. I am from Ohio originally, about two hours away. My best friend moved back there with her family last year. Both sets of grandparents, and my brother and his family are all within a 2 1/2 hour drive away. The public schools in the outlying suburbs are excellent. We could afford to buy a home with plenty of room for all of us, plus a finished basement and a fenced in yard (mom dreams right there!). And honestly, Los Angeles has gotten so expensive. We can’t live the type of well-rounded lifestyle and continue to do the type of work we want to do here in LA anymore. Aside from a couple of weekends nearby, we haven’t had a real family vacation in 5 years. We haven’t had a weekend away without the kids since I was pregnant with Calvin almost 4 years ago. We want to travel and visit friends and family more, and being located in Ohio will make that much easier. We’ll be able to drive to NYC, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Indianapolis, Kentucky, West Virginia, and new places too. My kids will have room to run and play and grow. They’ll experience real seasons. They’ll see snow. They’ll catch lightning bugs. Sports and activities will be more affordable and accessible. We’ll be in a better position to have a dog, which they want really bad. And frankly, I think I’ll be a better, more patient, less exhausted mother.
I can blog from anywhere. And eventually, I might return to my former life as a lawyer. My husband will finish a project here in Los Angeles and then hopefully continue that work remotely, as well as write his second novel (you can find his first one here!)
Los Angeles will always be a special place for our family and we plan to visit as much as possible. We’ll miss our visits to LACMA, Griffith Park + Griffith Observatory, The Natural History Museum, Travel Town, Disneyland, the beach… We’ll miss the wonderful friends we’ve made here over the years. We’ll carry it all with us in our hearts as we move on to a new home and new adventures as a family, knowing that as long as we’re together we are truly always home. And we’ve made memories here to get us through the harshest of winters (I hope!).
And we will treasure these photos forever — they feel like the perfect bookend to all of our family photoshoots at our favorite places in Los Angeles, especially since this is where we had our engagement photos (our first photoshoot with Jennifer) 9 years ago!
You can find more of our favorite places in Los Angeles here, and more of our Los Angeles family photos here:
Runyon Canyon / Travel Town / LACMA (and some at our home) / A great spot that looks like fall on the East Coast, but on the West Coast / Silverlake
And if you’re looking for tips for styling your family wardrobe for photos, I shared some here.
Sources: Photos: Jennifer Roper / My Dress: Show Me Your Mumu / Quincy’s outfit: Carly Megan / Charlie’s shirt: Winter Water Factory / Charlie’s swimsuit and Calvin and Quincy’s swim shirts: SwimZip / Calvin and Quincy’s swim shorts: Polarn O. Pyret